Sawing and Piercing

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Instructor: Pattie Parkhurst
Just as a diamond has many facets, my metal work in nature-inspired sculpture and jewelry has many dimensions. I was introduced to art and nature at a young age and these two passions continue to inspire my organic and earthy designs. After college I served on the board of The Colorado Metalsmithing Association (COMA) where I learned the anticlastic raising metal technique. This process involves hammering different metal, over and over on an antler like form. By immersing myself in this ancient technique, I combine my love for nature and metalsmithing into cohesive nature inspired metal forms. The anticlastic raising techniques fundamentals are based on hyperbolic parabolas and double helix which are abundant in nature, from flowers to smoke to DNA. The possibilities found in an open field of flowers, or a shadowy path, influence my own styles of jewelry and sculptures. My work has taken me beyond the basics to incorporate new techniques in my work. Weather casting, stone setting or lapidary, all are design aspects that can enhance metalsmithing and bring my imagination to life. In every art show, to custom work in exhibits, I communicate love of nature through metal. I continue to learn and be inspired through lots of teaching, my travels, lectures, and residencies.

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Location: The Tucson Bead Show
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $50 » includes materials and use of instructor”s tools If you would like your own tools you may purchase a kit from me. Kit is $20 and includes a bench pin(for sawing on) Jeweler’s saw and saw blades, wax and metal.

Ever look at intricate metal jewelry and wonder “How did they do that?” Want to learn techniques that can add personalization and WOW! to your jewelry? In this class we will learn my tricks and tips to expertly saw and pierce any shape or form out of metal using a jeweler’s saw. You will practice Piercing - using the drill and cutting a shape out of the center of a metal shape. We will also learn to use files and sand paper to give a nice finish to your metal pieces. Each student will go home with numerous necklaces, pendants and other pieces of their choice that they make in this class.

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